Drive-Thru Flu Vaccination - LAKE ANN
This year’s flu season coincides with the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing the public’s risk for developing a respiratory illness with potentially serious complications.
Fortunately, a safe, effective vaccine already exists for the seasonal flu and is updated each year in anticipation of the most prevalent flu strains.
The flu shot has proven benefits for people of all ages and is the best defense against the influenza virus. The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated, including pregnant women. Each year, the flu vaccine prevents millions of adults and children from getting sick with this serious and potentially life-threatening virus.
Health experts warn that it’s even more important than ever to get this flu shot this year.
“The influenza vaccine is always an important intervention to protect those vulnerable populations in our communities. It also helps reduce the burden of respiratory illness. So, even during the normal flu or winter season that would be important, but during a pandemic like this it’s even more important,” says Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, chief medical officer with Munson Healthcare.
While the best time to get your flu shot is before the season hits, it’s never too late. Community partners have teamed up to offer drive-through flu vaccine clinics in communities across Northern Michigan so individuals can get vaccinated without even getting out of their car.
For those who have not received their flu shot and who cannot make an event, additional clinics are available through local health departments or by calling your primary care provider.
These events are made possible by several partners, including the Benzie-Leelanau Health Department, District Health Department #10, Grand Traverse District Health Department, Manton Adolescent Wellness Center, Mesick Adolescent Wellness Center, Munson Healthcare, Northwest Michigan Health Services, Viking Wellness Center, Visiting Nurses Association, and the Wexford Adolescent Wellness Center.